The perfect travelling companion
December 17, 2014
With the Christmas shutdown coming up fast, we've been considering the travelling coffee options. While grinding a bag of beans at home to take-away is easy enough, ground beans lose most of their aromatics within 1/2 hour, meaning that 2 week old ground coffee is well and truly past its freshness peak!
While there are a number of small, cheap electric grinder on the market, these are no good when you like camping or going bush, as we tend to do when given half a chance. So a good quality hand grinder seemed the only sensible choice
While this grinder is quite large when compared to the smaller Porlex or Hario style designs and built like the proberbial brick latrine, it does boast Italian 38mm steel burr set and holds up to 80g beans in the cannister (which would, in reality, be quite an arm workout!). The design of the burr carrier is also superior, with burrs being supported at both ends, making it very stable and accurate in both grind consistency & usage.
To use, the beans are simply tipped in through the top of the handle - quite a different feature to most where the handle needs to be unscrewed like a pepper mill. Grind settings are adjusted using a locking ring and threaded collar arrangement. On coarser settings, the unit is very easy to turn, getting slightly tighter as you adjust towards the espresso end of the spectrum. But either way it is fast, depending on your strength and stamina, with 25g only taking around 30 seconds or so on an espresso settings.
In flavour the results so far have been spectacular! I've used this grinder for sampling small batches of beans for espresso which not only gave a great pour, but only marginal flavour shifts when compared to the big Mazzer Robur against which it competes. And it's also been used for aeropress and drip filter duties, both of which have come through with flying colours.
Overall this is a great grinder. Though really too large for lightweight travel and with a glass catch cannister which does make me a little nervous, it really mixes it with the best electrical grinders on the market when it comes to quality, flavour produced and ease of use. Combined with our trusty aeropress, or perhaps a plunger or Moka pot, we can now look forward to a great holiday period away – complete with a good cup coffee! The OE Lido 2 is available from Chris at Talk Coffee - a great coffee product from a great coffee guy!
Have a safe and happy Christmas & New Year, and use this time to consider the birth of Jesus – the real reason for the Season!